It’s almost certain that you know of someone who suffers from anxiety disorder, but you might not realize as such. Indeed, the person affected may not even know, such is the commonality of undiagnosed or inadequately treated anxiety disorders.
Part of the reason for this is the denial of people who suffer from anxiety, as they might not feel prepared to admit it or they sweep it under the rug for fear of worrying their loved ones. Indeed, some medical practitioners can be guilty of trivializing anxiety by dismissing a patient’s claims to such a disorder, writing it off as being “all in the head”.
It is attitudes like these which can lead to anxiety disorders like OCD and PTSD spiralling out of control. It’s important to distinguish between feeling nervous about important events such as job interviews or business presentations, and having unfounded fears of seemingly harmless situations to the extent that the person becomes extremely reclusive and withdrawn.
If you constantly feel worried about various aspects of your life, the best thing you can do is tell someone you can trust, like a close friend or someone in your family. It might seem hard to burden them with your troubles, but rest assured that they will do everything they can to help you, while you will be a great deal happier in getting problems off your chest.
The folks at Union Quay Medical Centre created this infographic which explores anxiety and suggests practical ways which will help people to overcome it. The days of frivolously dismissing anxiety disorders belong in the past; it’s a problem to which society at large needs to face up. Read the infographic below for more on the subject.